If you are looking for inspiration for new hairstyles for the season then going a little retro and taking your cues from some of the most glamorous leading ladies from the past can be a great way to do just that. Her are some of the fabulous hairstyles those glamor queens from days gone by made their own that still look fresh and exciting on a 21st Century Woman:
Before she was known as “Melanie Griffiths’ mother” Tippi Hedren was a screen siren in her own right. Although over the course of her long career she has appeared in countless movies and TV shows she is best known for her iconic roles in the Alfred Hitchcock movies “The Birds” and “Marnie”.
At the height of her fame in the 1960s this classic updo marked her signature style. More than a bun but not quite a beehive this hairstyle is easier for long locked ladies to create and even if it becomes a little disheveled later in the day that only adds to the appeal.
The beautiful Marisa Berenson can truly lay claim to the title of one of the world’s first supermodels. With her natural and charming smile, her long flowing hair and her love of headbands Berenson became one of the “It” girls of the 1960s before going on to have a successful acting career as well.
Berenson’s hair here is an easy to emulate. Wash, pull the front section back into a ponytail and go – beautifully simple and timelessly stylish.
Elegant, beautiful and delicate many rightly consider Marilyn Monroe the ultimate blonde goddess. Over half a decade has passed since her untimely death and still 21st century women love to try to emulate her cool platinum blonde perfectly coiffed hairdo that is such a huge part of her legend.
To create “Marilyn” hair you will need a larger barreled curling iron and a lot of patience or be willing to spend time with your hair in heated rollers. It takes time but done right this vintage look is still one of the most glamorous you can sport.
One of the ultimate sex symbols of the Sixties, Frenchwoman Brigitte Bardot was as famous for her big eyes and her big blonde hair as she was for her incredible figure. Her look was one of slightly messy glamour, not as polished as Marilyn Monroe’s but just as beautiful.
An easy way to create her “bedroom” hair is to pull yours into the highest ponytail you can before you retire for the evening using a large, eighties style scrunchie and then lightly spray it with hairspray. In the morning you should be left with a natural “bend” in your hair and lots of volume.
A serious actress Catherine Deneuve has kept a version of her beautiful bob hairstyle for almost all of her career. Although she is now almost seventy years old Denueve continues to act and continues to be considered one of France’s most glamorous women.
The key to Catherine’s signature hairstyle is the cut. Done right a long bob should need very little maintenance and should almost fall into place by itself!
Sophia Loren is another glamorous screen goddess who continues to defy aging and remains as beautiful at over 80 as she was as an eighteen year old starlet. Although she has had many hairstyles over the course of her long career one thing always remains the same – lots of curls and lots of volume and if you want to emulate her sophisticated style you’ll have to spend lots of time with the curling iron.
A troubled soul Jean Seburg became better known in France than she ever was in her native US. Her look often reflected her frail personality ¨- she committed suicide when just 40 ¨- and her super short hair became her trademark, setting her apart in French film from her rivals.
Seburg’s short haircut is obviously very easy to maintain and if you have the nerve to chop all your hair off with the right styling and make up the look is not boyish at all and can be very glamorous.
Jean Seburg’s rival for many of the roles she went up for was the delicately beautiful and very stylish Audrey Hepburn. Although often Hepburn choose to wear her hair short as well her most memorable – and most copied – hair look was the big bouffant she sported as Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
Creating an Audrey Hepburn style updo is rather tricky but the end result is usually worth all the work and this is a hairstyle that is very popular with modern brides.
Uma Thurman is a present day movie star who does not consider herself to be a glamor queen but over the years her reputation as one of the most beautiful actresses working today, as well as one of the most talented, has not diminished.
Something of a hair chameleon for the sake of her film roles, for herself Uma seems to prefer to be a long haired blonde with a simple, slightly layered cut. The look is a very versatile one though as with the addition of a little curl she manages to change it from simple and sexy to red carpet glamorous with ease.